Man whose RC drone was shot down over Turkey protest returns to the skies

Many of you might be aware of the situation in Turkey, where protests have been going on for longer than two weeks. Some of you on DIYDrones might also be aware that a man was flying a small RC drone above these protests, that is, until his aircraft was shot down by riot police.

I originally wrote about this on sUASNews, but I have an update: that man has a new drone, and has posted some new videos of clashes between police and protesters:

The drone's pilot, who goes by the name Jenk, was able to capture dramatic footage of the violence from the sky before his aircraft went down on June 11. Video from his DJI Phantom showed billowing smoke, and demonstrators scrambling to find cover from high-pressure water hoses and lobbing back the gas canisters from the riot police.

Now, it appears that Jenk has either repaired his drone or found a new one, and has returned to the Gezi Park protests to capture more aerial footage.

His newest video, posted June 16 on Vimeo, shows what he claims to be a person who was shot by police. His aerial video, which was shot at night, appears to capture a person in a crowd laying prone on the ground.

I also write about a group of activists here in the states who currently are in a legal battle to have their drone returned from someone's private land. Here's video of the drone over the Turkey protests, a DJI phantom, being shot down.

Police shot down RC Drone @ Taksim Gezi Park Istanbul from Jenk K on Vimeo.

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Comment by Chuck on June 18, 2013 at 1:39pm

Hopefully he read the comments from others.

Stay high, stay fast! Or just get a plane.

Comment by HeliStorm on June 18, 2013 at 9:06pm
Chuck, I have been tinkering, and building a micro UAS for other purposes, but I could see it used here as well. It would be hard to shoot something not much bigger than a smartphone out of the sky.
Comment by CrashingDutchman on June 19, 2013 at 4:24am

Isn't it weird when protesters (not sure if that person belongs to the protestors) have gadgets that the police don't have?

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